Doctors and hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay up front for deductibles, which can cost thousands. –PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images/PhotoAlto
“Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage.
“Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, Okla. But the plan has a deductible of $5,000 apiece, and Boxley’s doctor said he won’t do the surgery until she prepays her share of the cost.
“His office estimates that will be as much as $2,500. Boxley is worried that the hospital may demand its cut as well before the surgery can be performed.
“‘I’m so angry,’ Boxley said. ’If I need medical care, I should be … ’”
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